“You can’t put on other people’s armor when fighting giants!” -Greg Wallace Pastor of House of God
What an incredibly poignant leadership quote…and rife with so much truth. Much of leading and leadership mirrors the story of David and Goliath. And yes, much of leading and leadership is about facing ‘giants’.
Each day we must acknowledge that we may have to face an incredible array of ‘giants’. And each day we have to determine and decide if we are going to face those ‘giants’…or are we going to draw back and hide.
Being a leader does not mean that you no longer have fears. Far from it. Trust me…true, authentic leaders are often scared, yet they know that they have to put those fears aside. They have to do what is necessary as a leader and for those they lead. That is the true definition of courage. Putting your fears aside to face what scares you most. And that is what it takes to be a courageous leader. It is about putting those fears aside and facing our ‘giants’.
That is why it is both critical and important for leaders to constantly work at increasing and building their leadership capacity. Leaders need to meet their ‘giants’ prepared. Leaders need the ability to quickly determine from their leadership arsenal what armor and ammunition is necessary to confront and defeat their ‘giant’. True, authentic leaders are constantly focused on learning and growing…knowing that they will have to be prepared to conquer an ongoing and growing number of ‘giants’.
What ‘giants’ do you need to conquer? Waiting does not make them go away, and just like Goliath…our ‘giants’ get up every morning and send out the call to any who are willing to face them…they don’t go away…they just get bigger and stronger.
Maybe it is time to take inventory and determine what ‘giants’ you need to take on…Maybe this will be a good week to ‘topple a few of your giants’?
“Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.”
Thank you to Pastor Wallace and his words of inspiration for this post.